Taking Hagelin’s position because the third-line left wing is Chandler Stephenson. Stephenson, who has been out and in of the lineup to begin the season, has performed in 13 video games this season, recording two objectives and one help whilst averaging 11:05 of ice time.
“Simply don’t suppose an excessive amount of,” Stephenson stated. “Simply move out and play the sport and don’t glance into it and clearly you wish to have to stick within the lineup each and every night time, however you suppose ‘I wish to keep within the lineup each and every night time,’ and also you simply move out and do what you do and do your factor.”
The 25-year-old ahead lately noticed time at the fourth line after heart Nic Dowd suffered a decrease physique damage on Oct. 29 in Toronto. Dowd neglected 3 video games because of damage, however is now wholesome and shall be again the lineup in opposition to Vegas because the group’s fourth-line heart.
Flanking Dowd with Stephenson getting the transient bump to the 1/3 line shall be Brendan Leipsic and Travis Boyd. Stephenson will skate along Lars Eller and Garnet Hathaway.
“It’s clearly simply great to have that self assurance within the training personnel and I feel it’s going to be a laugh taking part in with Hath and Lars,” Stephenson stated. “They only paintings so expectantly we can get numerous pucks and numerous probabilities so expectantly now we have chemistry early.”
In different damage information, the Capitals are nonetheless with ahead Richard Panik (higher physique) who stays on long-term injured reserve. Panik performed in 8 video games earlier than he used to be injured and didn’t report a objective nor an help. He used to be in the beginning skating at the 1/3 line, earlier than a shuffle dropped him to the fourth line.
Panik isn’t eligible to return again till Monday’s sport in opposition to Arizona. Washington must make some tricky roster choices at that time, with Panik and his $2.75 million wage going again at the books. The in all probability state of affairs is that the Capitals must ship a ahead all the way down to the group’s American Hockey League associate in Hershey Pa.
Capitals strains throughout morning skate forward of Vegas this night: